The Heal Charlottesville Fund was founded in response to the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville in August of 2017. Throughout the summer, Charlottesville was terrorized by white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members, culminating in two days of violent clashes and a car attack. Our community was deeply saddened by the loss of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke Bates. A generous outpouring of support resulted in the creation of three funds: Heal Charlottesville, Concert for Charlottesville, and Unity Cville. These Funds are housed at the Community Foundation and are coordinating their work to help injured individuals, ensure trauma counseling services for the community, and address the impacts of structural racism.
We are extremely grateful to all who responded to the events of last summer by making a generous financial gift. Please find the complete list of contributors here. More than 3,000 people made a contribution to the Heal Charlottesville or Concert for Charlottesville Funds. We received gifts from across the country, from individuals and businesses alike, and at all levels of giving. The Charlottesville community is deeply grateful for your overwhelming show of support.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, you can do so here.
Funds from the Foundation have been distributed to individuals who were injured by or witnessed the car attack. $300,000 has been distributed to date to help individuals fill gaps where they have expenses due to injury and loss of income, including housing, insurance and car payments, utilities, child care, food, and physical therapy. A dedicated Navigator is helping survivors transition to more sustainable sources of support.
“I was injured in the August 12 car attack. I sustained two spinal fractures, a broken rib, and a severely fractured leg. The Heal Charlottesville Fund is covering many of my expenses while I heal. The Heal Fund pays for my rent, utilities, phone bill, chiropractor, and other expenses. I am so incredibly grateful for their help. I have had three surgeries so far and will be having a fourth surgery next month. Healing from the car attack has been an exhausting and painful process. I am so grateful that I can count on the Heal Fund to help with my expenses until I'm able to return to work. It has relieved a lot of stress to have my finances covered.” - Survivor of the Car Attack
Additional funding is available for survivors and we encourage anyone with needs to call the Help Line: (434) 234-4490.
Our whole community was hurting after the traumatic summer in 2017. Different populations were specifically targeted by the violence, racist and Anti-Semitic chants, and intimidation tactics of the white supremacists. First responders and medical volunteers were impacted by what they experienced. Over $155,000 has supported trauma counseling services through the following organizations:
The Funds have also supported other community efforts:
The images and chants used to terrorize Jews in Nazi Germany were seen and heard at the hateful rallies last August. These tactics left our Jewish community members feeling scared, marginalized and traumatized. We worked with Jewish leaders to identify investments that would be meaningful and ensure their community felt safe and valued. Grants supported enhanced security at Congregation Beth Israel and the Brody Jewish Center at University of Virginia. Additional funds are also supporting community-building activities, leadership development, and student-led programs to ensure Jewish students at University of Virginia have opportunities for healing and recovery.
In our conversations with diverse members in our community, we heard that an important part of healing was to provide opportunities to take action. People wanted funds available to advance work that addresses the deeper, more structural causes of exclusion and marginalization. Many people acknowledged that our community does not work the same for everyone and we have an important opportunity to take steps toward a more equitable community. To that end, the Heal Charlottesville Fund held a grant round to solicit proposals in three areas of work:
The applications were reviewed by a 9 person Review Committee of community leaders, educators and entrepreneurs. The Committee made recommendations to the Foundation Governing Board. Meet the Fund Review Committee here.
The outpouring of generosity from our region, the University of Virginia alumni community, and individuals and businesses across the globe have enabled the Heal Charlottesville and Concert for Charlottesville Funds to support 42 community initiatives. Together with an anonymous donor, these Funds have provided $1 million in support.
Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Community Processes and Decision-making
Advancing Racial Equity
Increasing Education, Awareness, and History-Telling
Please Note: Italicized grant recipients will receive funding via the Community Investment Collaborative